On 25 October 2018, South West Gauteng Technical and Vocational Education and Training College launched and show-cased some of its facilities added in the last 5 to 6 years. Dobsonville Campus, George Tabor Campus Molapo Campus, Roodepoort Campus, Roodepoort West Campus, Technisa Campus as well as ‘Land Is Wealth’ Farm all had newly built facilities added to them. however only three sites were visited to represent all the college campuses to celebrate the huge expansion achieved by the college.
About ten years ago, SWGC was just another college in the province – not even in the top 5 of the 8 colleges in Gauteng in terms of enrolments and physical facilities. Through the recent additions It has become one the biggest colleges in the country in terms of enrolments and physical facilities, it has also enrolled 32 000 students this year alone.
The festivities began at the college’s Head Office and Molapo Campus where the College Principal Mr Dan Nkosi opened and welcomed delegates from various companies and organizations who came to witness the unveiling of the new classrooms. He was followed by the Council Vice – Chairperson Mr X Shange, Mr M Somo the SRC President and Ms G Magnus the Acting Deputy Director General – TVET with messages of support for the college. The next stop was George Tabor Campus where the new hall was shown and concluded at the college’s ‘Land is Wealth’ Farm, where the college offers Primary Agriculture in a facility built from scratch with the involvement of the college Civil Engineering students who worked alongside a ‘Brikie Team’. This particular facility is the college’s special project, for the way it was built, with its Civil Engineering students show-casing their skills, but also learning from the experienced ‘Brikie Team’. This way, the college spent half the money it would have spent to put up the facility, but importantly, involved the Civil Engineering students in a real life building project that they got to own. At the same site, the college built a clinic which services both the college students and members of the surrounding community and it is fully operated by the Department of Health.
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